Today we review Balthazar’s Wild Emporium a slot from Core Gaming. This is a relatively unknown provider with not many games under its belt. However this new title looks very promising. The game was released on 2016 but it has only been available on selected casinos. At the moment, you can find Balthazar’s Wild Emporium as an exclusive only on LeoVegas. Although we expect the slot to soon be available on other major casinos as well. So without further ado lets dive in and take a better look at the gameplay and overall design of this unique slot.
Balthazar’s Wild Emporium is a 5 reels and 20 paylines slot available on desktop, tablet, as well as most other mobile devices. The min and max bets players can lay – range from 0.20 to 100, depending on the currency played. The game has a medieval theme and revolves around Balthazar, a wanderer magician selling his magical potions from town to town. The background shows a carnival vendor’s carriage and the spin button is a big kettle. There are 3 scatter collecting bars on top of the screen. Each bar has 5 empty spots which can take you to the free spins bonus. More on that below!
The high value symbols on the reels all relate to the theme. These symbols feature Balthazar himself, a chest full of potions, a spell book and a golden coin. 10, J, Q, K and A make up the low value symbols. The game has 3 scatter symbols. Each scatter is a flask with a colored liquid inside. There is the pinks scatter, the blue and the gold. The wild symbol is a crystal ball with the word “Wild” on top. The wild symbol can substitute for all other symbols except the 3 scatters.
This is a random feature which can trigger during a non winning spin. Balthazar will appear on screen and transform the non winning spin into a winning one. Balthazar does this through a number of ways.
- Potion Wilds – Adds wilds or colossal wilds on the reels.
- Snake Eye – The symbols on the reels will shuffle to make a win.
- DR Burns – Burns of the symbols in view to reveal new symbols that make a win.
- Magic Respin – The reels will respin to make a winning combo.
- Dejavu – Rewinds to a potion symbol.
To trigger the free spins the player must land 2 scatters, of the same color, consecutively starting from reel 1. The number of free spins awarded will depend on the type of scatter that triggered the free spins. In addition, depending on which scatter triggered the bonus, the free spins will have an additional feature.
- The Pink scatter can award up to 500 free spins with stacked wilds.
- The Blue scatter can award up to 750 free spins with expanding wilds.
- The Gold scatter can award up to 1000 free spins with colossal wilds.
Should be noted that the player can get the max number of free spins only by playing the “Free Spins Gambling option”.
Free Spins Gambling Option
A gambling screen will appear each time the players lands 2, matching scatter symbols consecutively. This screen will appear before the rest of the 3 reels have finished spinning. Balthazar will reward the player with a number of free spins. The player will have 3 choices.
- Collect all the free spins Balthazar awards.
- Gamble all the free spins for more spins.
- Collect part of the free spins, and gamble the rest for some more spins.
How Does the Gamble Work?
The player can gamble by using the (+,-) buttons on the right hand corner of the gambling screen. If the player decides to gamble, the game will return to the spin that triggered the bonus. The 3rd reels will finish spinning and if a scatter lands there as well, the gamble is won. If not, then the player will get the free spins he did not gamble and lose the rest. If a scatter, matching the 2 first, lands however – the player will win additional spins. The gambling screen will appear again and give the choice to gable the spins for even more free spins. This will continue until no more scatters land or until you land a scatter on the 5th reel. If the later occurs, you will get the max amount of spins, depending on the number of spins you have gambled. Should be noted that you can only get the max possible amount of spins by gambling 100% all the way to the 5th scatter. The bar on top of the slot’s screen will keep track of the scatter.
Balthazar’s Wild Emporium is a medium – high volatility slot with an RTP of 94.02%. The max win possible on a spin goes up to 500,000. The slot might seem complicated at first, but once you start playing it it becomes easy to understand and very fun to play. The potential is huge. The amount of free spins you can get is huge and the features accompanying them make the spins even more lucrative. So try Balthazar’s Wild Emporium on LeoVegas and let us know if you get the 1000 free spins.
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